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THE NOONER for September 16, 2015

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HAPPY DEBATE DAY! Game 1 (the kids table) is from 3-4:45 PDT and Game 2 [adult talble] is from 8pm. At 4 hours, 45 minutes, it is longer than the Super Bowl and the ads are certaomain to be less entertaining. Game 1's line-up is Rick Santorum, Bobby Jindal, George Pataki and Lindsey Graham, while Game 2 features Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz, Scott Walker, Marco Rubio, Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee, Rand Paul, John Kasich and Chris Christie.

THE GOLDEN ATM STATE: In Democratic California, which 2016 candidates get the most money? You'll be surprised [Michael Finnegan, Anthony Pesce and Melanie Mason @LAT] - "Larry Ellison, co-founder of Oracle Corp., gave $3 million to a committee promoting Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida. Scott Banister, co-founder of the computer security company IronPort, gave $1.25 million to one backing Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky. . . Another surprise this year has been Orange County, which for decades has been a reliable source of donations for Republican candidates. So far, wealthy donors there appear to be holding back. . . . [Jeb!] Bush and his super PACs have raised $13.6 million in California this year, more than any candidate other than Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton, who — with her super PACs — has collected $17.3 million."

LiteGov Gavin Newsom had a zinger for Trump on CNN this morning. When asked about accepting a contribution from Trump, he said they used it to pay for the online ad that criticizes Trump's immigration plan.



ABOLITION: New initiative would end California death penalty [Jeremy B. White @ SacBee] - "The proposal would strike death as a possible punishment from the state’s Penal Code, substituting life imprisonment without parole where state law currently allows for the death penalty. Its proponent, actor Mike Farrell, would have 180 days from when the secretary of state’s office enters the measure into circulation to collect 365,880 signatures."

PLANNED: How Louisiana became ground zero for the attack on Planned Parenthood [Michael Hiltzik @ LAT] - "The anti-Planned Parenthood campaign mounted by Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has become the one-stop shop for everything you need to know about the politicization of women's reproductive health rights.  "

BRING HIM HOMESupervisors ask L.A. Times owner for local ownership [Abby Sewell @ LAT] - "In recent weeks, [Eli] Broad made an overture to Tribune leadership to buy the Times and the San Diego Union-Tribune, which [Austin] Beutner probably would have stayed on to run."

CHICAGO DOG: Big cuts coming to L.A. Times, likely other Tribune papers amid tumult [James Warren @ Poynter] - "The company is looking to reduce editorial expenses by about $10 million and the cuts could amount to 80 positions, according to an executive from Tribune Publishing, which owns the L.A. Times and 10 other dailies."




TRUMP: Last night's redundant speech on the U.S.S. Iowa was sponsored by "Veterans for a Strong America,"  a 501(c)(4) organization that claims to not support political causes. The group, run by a South Dakota political lawyer and Iraq war veteran, endorsed Trump at the event. What they don't say is there is an affiliated SuperPAC called "Veterans for a Strong America Actiion Group." In the 2012 cycle, the SuperPAC the group opposed Obama with around $747k supported Romney with over $60k in 2012.

The beauiful thing about this arrangement is that donors to the 501(c)(4) aren't disclosed. The 501(c)(4) was the overwhelming donor to the SuperPAC. Last night's event had tickets ranging frpm $100 to $1,000 (veterans were free).

Something is wrong here. All money that is funneled by non-reporting committees or organizations into reporting committees need to be disclosed. As I have written before, we can get rid of Citizens United by eliminating contribution limits and require 24 hour reporting of anything say, over $1,000. Those calling on a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United are sharing the 420 with those calling for repealing the Fourteenth Amendment. 

WE'LL LIKELY BE SAYING BUH-BYE TO MORE CANDIDATES SOON: I realized that I had a bad YouTube in Saturday's Nooner. Here is the correct one.

ROOT BEER SUMMIT: Obama to arrested teen: Your clock is pretty 'cool'  [Eliza Collns @ Politico] - "President Barack Obama thinks the homemade clock that got 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed arrested Tuesday is “cool” and invited him to the White House to show it off. There's been a national outcry and allegations of discrimination after Mohamed, who is Muslim, was handcuffed and arrested after his teacher called the police, concerned about the homemade clock he brought to school on Monday."

NOM-NOM: Sacramento restaurants to reign at new Kings arena [Dale Kasler] - "Paragary Restaurant Group, Selland Family Restaurants, LowBrau Bierhall and Star Ginger will offer food and drinks when the new Golden 1 Center opens for business in October 2016. Kings officials said other food and drink offerings will be announced at a later date."

Paragary will have three options: Cafe Bernado, Centro, and Paragary's

I just hope the concessionaire doesn't dimish the brands, as has that of the Dos Coyotes franchise at the Sacramento Integalactic Airport.

Finally, Giants lost 8-9 in 16 innings, while the Dodgers lost 4-3 in 10. Whether you bleed blue or orange, it was a tough night!

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, to Chris Rogers, distict representative for Mike McGuire.



  • Capitol Weekly and UC Center present: CALIFORNIA HEALTH, a day-long conference to be held in Sacramento on September 23, 2015.  We will examine new and proposed legislation, including a landmark bill to extend Medi-Cal to undocumented immigrants, and the impact of the Affordable Care Act on California.

    Our keynote speaker will be Diana Dooley, Chair of the Health Benefit Exchange Board. Other speakers will discuss topics including Fiscal Impacts, Expansion of Medi-Cal, Underserved Communities, and Policy vs. Politics.

    To register, or for more information, Click here or call 916 444 7665.
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    You will be working on the ground talking to people who are impacted by the health care system every day to help them understand changes in health care. As outreach coordinator, you will create events to provide unbiased educational information to groups of dual eligible beneficiaries (and those that work with beneficiaries) on the California Coordinated Care Initiative. This is a time limited, contract position - lasting through June 30, 2016.  Compensation is an hourly rate, commensurate with experience. Please visit for more information. 

  • Office Space for Rent
    Quiet location two blocks away from Capitol.  Share space with a professional services firm.  Up to three offices in six-office suite (2,300 sqft).  Conference room, copy/printer room, reception, kitchenette, janitorial, parking.  Terms are negotiable. 1510 14th Street, Sacramento. (916) 444-7158.

  • Kaiser Permanente is hiring a Senior Legislative Representative to represent the interests of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan/Hospitals, the Permanente Medical Groups, our members and the communities we serve in California. To learn more about this role go to KP Careers website ( and ype in job # 399705.>
  • Account Executive, Redwood Pacific Public Affairs. 2-4+ years’ experience. Requires strong communications, writing, research skills to support high-profile public affairs and ballot measure campaigns. Competitive salary/benefits. Send cover letter and resume:
  • Administrative Support Coordinator I, Center for California Studies, CSUS.  Support of the Capital Fellows Programs (Assembly) and Center (LegiSchool). $2,846-$4,484. University, state government knowledge preferred. Fulltime position. To apply: American Disabilities Act/Equal Employment Opportunity.
  • THERE'S MUCH MORE TO EFFECTIVE LOBBYING THAN LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY. Get the total picture when you attend Capitol veteran Ray LeBov's introductory Lobbying 101 and advanced Lobbying 201 seminarOctober 1-2. Lobbying 101 covers the Legislative process and Legislative advocacy; Lobbying 201 explores time-tested principles / best practices in the additional critical areas of Budget, Regulatory Agency and Executive Branch advocacy plus Media Relations. $250 each. Essential for lobbying firm principals / staff, organizations / agencies that employ lobbyists, newcomers to the profession. Information / registration: or 916 442 5009.
  • Planned Parenthood of Northern California (PPNorCal) is currently seeking a full-time Senior Public Affairs Officer, San Francisco.  Responsibilities include working closely with the VP and Director of Public Affairs to manage government and community relations and grassroots activities in San Francisco and Marin Counties, with some secondary work in Sonoma and Mendocino Counties.  The Senior Officer will also provide key support to the PPNorCal Action Fund to help elect pro-choice officials, promote advocacy and volunteer activities in targeted candidate and issue-based campaigns.  Visit us at for job details or submit resumes directly to Salary is DOE.

  • Planned Parenthood of Northern California (PPNorCal) is currently seeking a full-time Public Affairs Officer, Concord.  The Public Affairs Officer will work closely with the Director of Public Affairs to manage government and community relations and grassroots activities in Contra Costa and Napa Counties, with some secondary work in Solano County.  The Officer will also provide key support to the Planned Parenthood Northern California Action Fund to help elect pro-choice officials and promote advocacy and volunteer activities in targeted candidate and issue-based campaigns.  Visit us at for job details or submit resumes directly to is DOE.

  • Meet Secretary of State Alex Padilla, Fmr. Rep. Ellen Tauscher and Contra Costa's Democratic Leaders on September 25The Democratic Party of Contra Costa County fights on the front line to keep California blue. Rally for 2016 with hundreds of voters, elected officials, labor/business leaders and activists at our 2nd Annual Roosevelt Awards Dinner. Join us as our party honors Secretary Padilla's groundbreaking voting rights reforms, Rep. Tauscher's tenure as U.S. Undersecretary of State, and the Contra Costa County Democratic Party Hall of Fame. RSVP FOR THE DINNER AND VIP RECEPTION HERE or contact Jerome Pandell for more information.

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California Voters Sharply Disagree On Low-cost Healthcare For Immigrants
Among California voters, support for low-cost healthcare for immigrants splits along ethnic and ideological lines.

If Kim Davis Should Enforce Law She Opposes, What About Ags Brown, Harris And Prop. 8? - Politics Blog
Most office-holders outside of the Republican presidential campaign -- and practically all public figures in California -- agree that Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis violated her oath of office by ...

Jerry Brown to Republican Visitors: Welcome, 'Merchants of Destruction!'
James Nash @
As he struggles to bring under control devastating wildfires that he blames at least partly on global warming, California Governor Jerry Brown has an un-welcome message for the Republican presidential candidates gathering in his state for a debate Wednesday.

From California, A Warning To Republicans On Anti-immigration Rhetoric : It's All Politics : Npr
Activists for and against Proposition 187 rallied in Los Angeles in 1996, after it was thrown out by the courts. Political analysts say tough rhetoric and laws targeting illegal immigration could now have lasting political consequences for the national Republican Party. Frank Wiese/AP hide caption

November Vote For San Diego Water Rate Hike
David Garrick @
The San Diego City Council on Tuesday scheduled a Nov. 17 public hearing to vote on a 17 percent water rate hike for next year.

Gov. Jerry Brown Decries 'political Pollution' On Climate Change
Last week, Gov. Jerry Brown was struggling in Sacramento with some of his fellow Democrats who refused to support his goal of slashing gasoline use on state roads.

New Initiative Would End California Death Penalty
Jeremy B. White @
The proposal would strike death as a possible punishment from the state’s Penal Code, substituting life imprisonment without parole where state law currently allows for the death penalty. Its proponent, actor Mike Farrell, would have 180 days from when the secretary of state’s office enters the measure into circulation to collect 365,880 signatures.

Californians Edge Closer To Voting For Condom Use In Adult Film Production
Susan Abram Los Angeles Daily News @
Officials with AIDS Healthcare Foundation and the group For Adult Industry Responsibility or FAIR, announced Monday that they'll submit more than 557,000 signatures by registered voters to appear on the November 2016 ballot.

Initiative Would Overhaul California Campaign Finance System -
Critics of California’s current campaign finance system will submit a ballot initiative Wednesday that they say would offer a much-needed overhaul. They’re hoping to qualify it for the November 2016 ballot.

Bernie Sanders Far Behind In California, But Lifting Spirits | The Sacramento Bee
David Siders @
Effort includes speaker training, PowerPoint presentations and $8 donations

S.F. property taxes to rise after supervisorsâ
The Board of Supervisors approved a 0.008 percent rise in property tax rates for San Francisco homeowners on Tuesday. [...] homeowners will actually see a much higher increase — roughly 3 percent — because of the rising value of San Francisco homes in conjunction with the rate increase approved by the board. The law would apply to the only store in the city that sells guns — High Bridge Arms, near the intersection of Mission and Valencia streets — as well as out-of-state and online vendors who sell ammunition to San Francisco residents. Handgun owners in San Francisco are required to keep their weapons locked when stored at home, and the city bans bullets that expand or splinter on contact. [...] city law does not require the video recording of gun sales in the city or require sellers to give weekly updates about ammunition sales, which would be required under Farrell’s legislation.

Republican Presidential Candidates Find Major Donors In Bay Area
The San Francisco Bay Area, one of the nation's biggest Democratic strongholds, has emerged with an unlikely distinction this year: It is California's biggest source of campaign money for GOP presidential candidates.

Contra Costa Supervisors Won't Rule Out 2016 Tax Hike
With fresh polling data showing that a half-cent sales tax increase that combines funding for transportation and public safety is viable, supervisors decided to formally discuss next month whether to pursue such a measure for the November 2016 election or lend support to the half-cent sales tax hike already being crafted by the Contra Costa Transit Authority.

Gov. Brown, Sign The Medical Marijuana Bills
Nearly 20 years after voters legalized medical marijuana, California lawmakers have finally passed legislation to regulate the growth and distribution of cannabis for patients' use. In the final hours of their session last week, legislators passed three bills that together establish a system to...

Record L.A. Storm Won't Help Much With Water Shortage
Southern California awoke to a deluge of rain -- a welcome relief in drought country.

First Draft: Government Shutdown Could Harm Anti-Abortion Cause, Campaigner Says
Carol Tobias, president of the National Right to Life Committee, said she saw problems with a strategy put forward by conservatives who are willing to block any government-wide funding bill if it contains money for Planned Parenthood.

Obama Administration Directs $250 Million Toward Fighting Wildfires
The Obama administration has directed $250 million toward fighting the wildfires raging in California and elsewhere, in addition to $450 million already transferred from different parts of the federal budget earlier this year to go toward fighting such disasters, officials said Tuesday.

California Republicans Slam Walker For Canceling Convention Appearance - Politico
Why GOP poohbahs are seriously thinking about asking Mitt back into the race.

County Staff To Begin Work On Large-scale Medical Marijuana Grow Ordinance
Today's high

Sacramento County Restricts Barbecues, Stoves In Parks | The Sacramento Bee
Brad Branan @
Supervisors pass urgency restrictions that take effect immediately

Donald Trump, Firework of Campaign Trail, Shows a More Measured Side
Something unmistakable has happened to Mr. Trump since he announced his campaign for president three months ago: He has become a better candidate.

Between the debates: What the GOP candidates have been up to
On Wednesday, 15 GOP presidential candidates will take the stage for their second debate of the season. (Airing on CNN, the event will feature the same two-tier setup as the first debate, with four lower-ranking candidates debating at 6 p.m., followed by the top 11 candidates at 8 p.m.) So what have the candidates been up to since the last debate? POLITICO takes a look at how the presidential hopefuls have spent their time over the past month as they prepare for their second sparring match.

L.A. School Board Ironing Out Kinks In Search Process For New Superintendent
Even nailing down a process for choosing a Los Angeles schools superintendent proved complicated this week. The Board of Education met behind closed doors for three hours Tuesday night, most of the time in conference with an executive search firm.